This is the so-called divi-divi tree on Eagle Beach on Aruba as it was featured on many postcards, posters and promotional material on Aruba for years. Aruba is known for its strangely shaped trees called 'divi-divis'. The growth and shape of this tree is formed by the steady winds from the northeast that cool the island. The divi-divi on Eagle beach (actually a kind of mangrove called Fofoti) was a particularly fine example and people loved to take pictures with this pretty tree in the background. Sadly, in february 2006 vandals found it necessary to take a saw to the tree and cut down half of it. Efforts were made to prop up the tree, hoping that somehow the ends would grow back together, but to no result. So, sadly enough, the tree remains cut down and so serves as a symbol of the cruelty of man toward nature. Shame!
HM, ein Traum. Wunderschön, Wim
Very interesting and sad story there, DiVi tree. But you, your gallery and enjoy the forest I saw my attention. Congratulations.. Wim,
The tree has recovered, İsmail have a look at this picture at the right.
Thanks for visiting!
Greetings from Bonn, Wim
Actually, this tree is not a Divi Divi Tree (Caesalpinia coriara), but a Buttonwood rree (Conocarpus erecta). Almost all of Arubas tree species has this growth habit, not just the Divi Divi tree.
This is a very beautiful picture, though, of Aruba's famous Fofoti tree (the local Arubian name for the Buttonwood tree). and it is true, the tree is recovering.
Wonderful place, Wim!
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Photo taken in Oranjestad-West, Aruba
Misplaced? Suggest new location